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Poster: fenario80 Date: Sep 9, 2010 7:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what was the best live performance by any band that you ever saw....,?

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Queen at the Boston Garden 1978, but it was my very first large-scale concert so I have no objectivity at all. Actually, that's not completely true - because I saw them about a year later, after seeing many other concerts, and they were still amazing - nobody else could work a big ugly crowd in a big ugly room the way those guys did.

David Bromberg Band multiple (mostly free!) shows in the Boston area 1979-1981. That band was something else: every member a multi-instrumentalist, they could go from bluegrass to heavy funk (including horn section) in about the time it took the GD to transition from M&MU to Big River.

The Boys 09-02-1979 in Augusta ME kind of blew the back of my head off. It is still missing.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Sep 10, 2010 9:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what was the best live performance by any band that you ever saw....,?

David Bromberg Band was definitely a great act to catch in the 70's and 80's. I had the pleasure of seeing them many times in that period. As you said, they allwere great musicians with the ability to play multiple instruments. You would hear everything from Irish Fiddle Tunes to Bluegrass, Folk, Country, Acoustic and Electric Blues and almost any other style you can think of. Pair that with Bromberg's stage presence and great wit and the fact that the venues were invariably intimate (from small nightclubs to nice theaters) and you were guaranteed a great concert going experience.